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Civil Society Week 1

by: Emily Geels

Civil Society Week 1 Phil 2003

Emily Geels
Arkansas Tech University
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This is only part of the Virtue of Civility.
Intro to Philosophy
Michael Brodrick
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Emily Geels on Monday September 19, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to Phil 2003 at Arkansas Tech University taught by Michael Brodrick in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 2 views. For similar materials see Intro to Philosophy in Philosophy at Arkansas Tech University.

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Date Created: 09/19/16
Virtue and Civil Society Virtue of Civility by: Edward Shils Liberal Society  Individual freedom is valued above all else.  The State confined on the behalf of the individual and collective freedom  Democracy does not equal Civil Society The State  Provides general rules that form the “outermost boundaries” of individual choice within  civil society  Limited by primary and secondary institutions of civil society ­ Primary = economic/political/intellectual competition ­ Secondary = business firms, religious/cultural institutions, etc. Civil Society  Hallmark is the autonomy of private associations  Accepts diversity and allows the appropriate pattern of the economic life of civil society Civil Society Structured by Competition  Market economy is the appropriate pattern of the economic life of civil society  Scientists competing with each other to establish what they think they have discovered is  a market of ideas.  Politicians and political parties competing with each other for votes is another form of  market.  Presupposes the state of limited power.  Requires the government to be limited to the slope of its activities and that to bound by  law.  Requires the government to faithfully execute the laws which protect the pluralism of  civil society and its necessary liberites.


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